The '''Works Progress Administration''' (renamed in 1939 as the '''Work Projects Administration'''; '''WPA''') was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency
, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works
including the construction of public buildings and roads. In a much smaller but more famous project, Federal Project Number One
, the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.
Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge or school constructed by the agency. The WPA's initial appropriation in 1935 was for $4.9 billion (about 6.7 percent of the 1935 GDP).
Headed by Harry Hopkins
, the WPA provided jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States
. At its peak in 1938, it provided paid jobs...